I had an “out-of-the-mouth-of-babes” moment today.

I was in the kitchen heating up some leftovers when my youngest daughter, Kami, asked me an interesting question.

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“Daddy, did you know that it’s always Christmas?”

“What do you mean, sweetie?”

“Well, we should always be celebrating Jesus…right?”

 

I know this sounds painfully cliche to many…and I think that’s part of the problem. The idea that Jesus should be a big deal all the time makes for a good churchy slogan, but is it really something that we take seriously?

Is Jesus as big a deal to us during any other time of year…besides Christmas (and Easter)?

Do we go out of our way to make sure people don’t miss the “real reason for the season”…when it’s summertime?

Are we as excited about celebrating Jesus when real life happens: bills, kids, work, friend/family drama, and so on?

This isn’t me speaking from a soapbox; I’m probably more inconsistent in this area than anyone else! Already, I’m beginning to feel the “Christmas spirit” slip away. The overwhelming joy and excitement are being replaced with a slight sense of dread…back to life, back to reality.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Jesus can’t be boxed into any holiday. Granted, He did briefly step inside of time to live among us, but He is not limited by it. So, if He doesn’t stop when Christmas is over, then why should I stop celebrating?

Thanks for the gentile reminder, Kami.

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Written by Wayne

Wayne is a husband, father, avid reader and writer, and youth minister who happens to believe that Jesus is central to every aspect of life…the individual, family, society, government, philosophy, the arts…and everything in between. He’s committed to challenging preconceived notions about what it means to follow Jesus, and seeks to engage the culture instead of running from it.

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